Adeline Gray selected as USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Nov. 08, 2018, 12:22 p.m. (ET)

Adeline Gray (New York AC) has been selected as TheMat.com Athlete of the Week on Nov. 6, 2018.

Additionally, earlier this week she was named USOC Female Athlete of the Month, thanks, in part, to a fan vote. 

Gray put on a show at the 2018 Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, en route to winning her fourth World title.

To open her tournament, Gray made work of 2015 World bronze medalist Epp Mae from Estonia, finishing off a 10-0 technical fall in 4:57.

In her next bout, the Colorado native faced 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Elmira Syzdykova of Kazakhstan, who she pinned in the second period. Gray was leading 7-6 at the time of the fall.

Gray continued the tough road to gold, taking on 2016 Olympic champion Erica Wiebe of Canada. Earlier in the summer, Wiebe defeated Gray in the Grand Prix of Spain finals. This time, the result went in favor of the American, who pulled out at 3-1 win and earned a spot in the World finals.

There, she met up with reigning World champion Yasemin Adar of Turkey. With less than 30 seconds left in the first period, Gray scored a takedown and laced Adar five times. The Turk challenged the call, but it failed, giving Gray a dominant 13-1 win for her fourth Senior World gold medal.

Each week USA Wrestling will select an Athlete of the Week based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling from youth programs through the senior level. Twitter fan votes also play a part in decision.

To nominate a wrestler for this honor please send the athlete's name, wrestling program, weekly accomplishments and career accolades to USA Wrestling Communications Coordinator Taylor Miller at tmiller@usawrestling.org.